Enjoy the Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival

November 25, 2011 by  

While Plant City is known for their Florida Strawberry Festival held every March, Ruskin is known as the home of the Ruskin Tomato and Heritage Festival. The festival will take place on December 3-4 at the E.G. Simmons County Park. Admission is $5 and free for those under 12; parking is included in the admission price.

The Tomato and Heritage Festival has been an annual event in Ruskin for the past nine years; previous to that it had not been held for 30 years. It currently draws more than 7,000 visitors every year to the area. This is a great boost to local stores, restaurants and hotels every December.

There is much to do at the festival; there are food vendors, a children’s area with rides and games, country and Bluegrass musical entertainment, a plant show and sale, an antique tractor show, a farmer’s market, an oldies car show, a history exhibit and a marketplace. The marketplace features many one-of-a-kind homemade crafts for sale. This will be a good place for those visiting from surrounding areas such as Plant City to find that perfect Christmas gift for a friend or family member. Flyer printing providers have most likely helped the organizers of the festival get the word out relatively inexpensively.

Ruskin, and the surrounding area, used to be known as the “salad bowl of America” due to the importance of agriculture to the community. The tomato festival was inspired by the Ruskin Tomato.